EDUCATION PLUS

Technological advancement is the idea

Telecommunications and electronics began to grow in India at a tremendous pace, after Independence.

But professional and scientific bodies in the country were unable to nurture and pave the way for the growth of these specialised areas in engineering at as rapid a pace as required by the country.

Thus was formed the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), a professional society devoted to the advancement of electronics, telecommunication and IT, in 1953. The body now serves 45,000 members (both individuals and organisations) through its 41centres across India and abroad.

The IETE aims to coordinate and disseminate technical knowledge, facilitate exchange of views among members, publish results of their work, lay down standards to guide budding engineers and serve as a focal point for the orderly growth of this specialised branch in India.

"It also organises conferences and brain-storming sessions and provides inputs to policy makers. Promoting research and development in the field is an important area of IETE's activity. It also facilitates interdisciplinary interaction for the advancement of the field," says B. Parameshwaran, secretary of the Kochi Chapter of IETE.

The body conducts two examinations annually. "They are the Diploma in IETE (DIPIETE) and the other, an Associate Member of IETE (AMIETE). The AMIETE is equivalent to an electronics degree.

Both are national-level examinations, which have been recognised by most bodies.

The State Government is yet to recognise the diploma course, though the Union Public Service Commission has recognised it, he says.

The eligibility for admission to the diploma course is 10 + level and for the AMIETE 10 + 2.

Those who pass the degree-equivalent examination are permitted to appear for GATE, ME and M.Tech.

Mr. Parameshwaran said that with electronics manufacturers setting up facilities in the country and the growth of telecommunications, there are plenty of job opportunities for graduates.

Many of the graduates are working in the Indian Space Research Organisation, All India Radio, Doordarshan, Keltron and FACT.

The Kochi Chapter (phone: 2369944) is on Layam Road.

The Thiruvananthapuram Chapter's number is 2554727.

The third course is an Advanced Level Course in Computer Science (ALCCS), which has been recognised as an equivalent to M.Tech. in computer science. The syllabus comprises theory, laboratory sessions and project work in industry/user agency.

A laboratory in memory of M.N. Namboodiripad was recently opened at the IETE House, Kochi. Mr. Namboodiripad was one of the directors of the Nedungadi Bank.

He became interested in electronics and passed the Grad Brit IRE examination in the first attempt, going on to become an associate member of IETE. He was a professor for the Grad IETE programme in the St. Albert's College, the only one of its kind offering a telecommunication and engineering course.

JOHN L. PAUL

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